Her career has taken some rollercoaster-esque twists and turns, but Melanie Griffith is a Hollywood survivor. Melanie was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City, the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren -- most famous for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock's films The Birds and Marnie. She got her start in the film business as an extra and, while working on the 1973 film The Harrad Experiment (which starred her mother) she fell in love with Tippi's co-star Don Johnson.
Her role as a young seductress in the 1975 film Night Moves with Gene Hackman got her noticed and she went on to play similar nymphet roles in such films as Smile and The Drowning Pool with Paul Newman. She married Don Johnson in 1976 and the pair posed for a spread in Playboy that same year, but the marriage was to be short-lived. In the early '80s, Melanie got limited work in television - despite a growing dependence on drugs and alcohol - and met second husband Steven Bauer, whom she married in 1981. He helped her get her act together, giving up drugs and studying at the famed Stella Adler conservatory in New York.
She made the move back to the big screen in Brian De Palma's 1984 erotic thriller Body Double, where her portrayal of porn star 'Holly Body' won her critical raves and a Best Supporting Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics. Her follow-up, Jonathan Demme's road trip comedy Something Wild, featuring Melanie seducing mild-mannered Jeff Daniels, also became a cult favorite. Her true breakthrough role came in 1988 when she played an ambitious, big-haired Staten Island secretary in the comedy Working Girl. The film was a commercial smash and earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination. In 1989, she gave romance with Don Johnson another chance. The two remarried and made a film together, Paradise, in 1991. Sadly, Don was dealing with his own substance abuse issues and the pair split and reconciled, until Melanie met Spanish actor Antonio Banderas while working on the comedy Two Much in 1995 and asked for a divorce from Johnson. Melanie and Antonio had a torrid affair, as Antonio was also still married and, after their divorces were final, the couple married in May of 1996. The two have been together ever since.
She went on to receive an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of actress Marion Davies in the HBO movie RKO 281 and received good reviews playing a spoiled Hollywood diva in John Waters' Cecil B. Demented in 2000. In 2003, she made her Broadway debut as 'Roxie Hart' in Chicago, garnering rave reviews. Although her career has slowed down, Melanie is still in the public eye, thanks in part to her busy husband and friends including Sharon Stone. Her many marriages may have hogged the headlines, but Melanie's accomplishments in entertainment deserve some ink as well.
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